Russia: Restrictions on Twitter suggest foreign tech firms will face increased pressure and regulatory burdens

Predictions

  • Restrictions on Twitter suggest foreign tech firms will face increased pressure and regulatory burdens as Kremlin strengthens control over internet
  • Permanent ban on Twitter remains unlikely given risk of backlash as well as probable difficulty authorities would face in upholding ban
  •  Heightened US-Russia tensions likely to increase targeting of US tech firms, and may prompt Moscow to accelerate sovereign internet law amid fear of retaliation in cyber sphere

Event

State communications regulator Roskomnadzor said on 16 March that it would block access to Twitter within 30 days unless the social media firm removed “illegal content”.

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